Today on the mountain bike I went much higher, leaving the forest and entering grassy alpine landscape. Continue switchbacking up to 1800 meters and after the alpine lake you'll see trail signs for Monte Paularo. I pushed the bike up this last stretch to 2043 meters. Great panoramic views from here, as well as World War I trenches. I rolled the bike back down and headed on the trail for Malga Pramosio.
I've read several accounts of riding this loop and they make it sound like this middle section is no problem, but I had to push my bike most of the way from Monte Paularo to Malga Pramosio. It was a narrow hiking path with lots of bouldery sections, and steep ascents alternating with steep descents. I'm guessing the writers of those accounts were expert riders because I could only ride about 20% of it, mostly toward the end. Eventually it descends down to Malga Pramosio at 1520 meters. There's a huge stone quarry below it, which I inadvertently rode to.
The long descent back to Paluzza is a switchbacking gravel road with summer weekend traffic heading up toward the malga. Then you ride briefly down the main road from Austria until Paluzza. This is a great ride but next time I'll return from Monte Paularo back down the road to Castel Valdajer. Much easier and quicker.
|New steeple on Ligosullo church;|
Monte Zoncolan in background
|Creta Grazaria (above Sella di |
Cereschiatis north of Moggio)
|Waterfall along the switchbacks |
above Castel Valdajer
|Looking south toward Monte Tersadia|
|Alpine Lago di Dimon|
|West toward Dolomiti peaks|
|Monte Dimon from top of Monte Paularo|
|Deep gorge north of Monte Dimon|
|WW I trenches atop Monte Paularo|
|Another view of trenches|
|Climb from Treppo Carnico to base of Monte Paularo summit|